Jazz with Bob Perkins

Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 pm; Sunday 9 am to 1 pm

Lovingly known as “BP with the GM” (Bob Perkins with the Good Music), BP brings you that good music just in time for dinner during your work week, and keeps your Sunday brunch swinging. His selections are like a familiar hug from Jazz Land featuring your favorite standards and vocalists such as Sarah, Ella, and Nat, some Big Band legends including the Duke and the Count, and the giants of the instrumentals like Lee Morgan, Hank Crawford, Miles, and Coltrane. Take a listen to "Ol' BP" as he calls himself...you'll be back again and again.

Take a look at this photo album of Mr. Perkins through the years.

Scroll down to see recent playlists.

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January 09, 2013

6:06 PM
A Foggy Day
Artist : Bill Charlap
Album : Gershwin-The American Soul
Label : Blue Note
6:15 PM
So In Love
Artist : Harold Land &Kenny Dorham
Album : Eastward Ho !-Harold Land In New York
Label : Jazzland
6:23 PM
Sophisticated Llady
Artist : Rosemary Clooney w./ Duke Eellington Orch.
Album : Blue Rose
Label : Columbia
6:26 PM
Mood Indigo
Artist : Charlie Byrd Trio w./ Scott Hamilton
Album : It's A Wonderful World
Label : Concord
6:32 PM
Al The Things You Are
Artist : Oscar Peterson
Album : Another Day
Label : MPS/BASF
6:38 PM
Lou’s Blues
Artist : Lou Donaldson
Album : Wailing With Lou
Label : Blue Note
6:46 PM
Jersey Bounce
Artist : Bucky & John Pizzarelli
Album : Contrasts
Label : Arbors Jazz
6:53 PM
I’ll Close My Eyes
Artist : Blue Mitchell
Album : Blue's Moods
Label : Riverside
7:02 PM
Everything Happens To Me
Artist : Rick Margitza
Album : This Is New
Label : Blue Note
7:07 PM
Something To Live For
Artist : Betty Roche
Album : Take The "A" Train
Label : Bethlehem
7:12 PM
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
Artist : Bill Evans Trio
Album : The Complete Bill Evans On Verve
Label : Verve
7:18 PM
A Little Taste
Artist : Cannonball Adderley
Album : Presenting "Cannonball" Adderley
Label : Savoy
7:26 PM
All My Tomorrows
Artist : Pete Smyser & Larry McKena
Album : Pete Smyser & Larry McKenna
Label : Cap Records
7:29 PM
Artist : Sstan Kenton
Album : The World We Know
Label : Capitol
7:32 PM
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Artist : Herbie Hancock w./ Wynton Marsalis
Album : Herbie Hancock Quartet
Label : Columbia
7:41 PM
Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
Artist : Tommy Flanagan
Album : Sea Changes
Label : Evidence Records
7:47 PM
The Elder
Artist : Al Grey
Album : The Last Of The Big Plungers (vinyl)
Label : Argo
7:54 PM
All Too Soon
Artist : Ella Fitzgerald
Album : Fitzgerald And Pass Again
Label : Pablo
8:01 PM
No More Blues
Artist : Dizzy Gillespie
Album : On The French Riviera
Label : Phillips
8:12 PM
Soul Eyes
Artist : Steve Kuhn Trio
Album : Years Later
Label : Concord
8:20 PM
I Want To Be Loved
Artist : Coleman Hawkins
Album : Coleman Hawkins w./ The Red Garland Trio
Label : Swingsville
8:27 PM
I’m Old Fashioned
Artist : George Cotsirilos
Album : On The Rebop
Label : OA2 Records
8:34 PM
That’s All
Artist : Nat Cole
Album :
Label : Capitol
8:41 PM
It’s Alright With Me
Artist : Dominick Farinacci
Album : Dawn Of Goodbye
Label : E One Records
8:48 PM
Nothin’ But The Truth
Artist : Teddy Edwards
Album : Nothin' But The Truth
Label : Pretige
8:53 PM
All Through The Night
Artist : Russell Malone
Album : Black Butterfly
Label : Columbia


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10:48 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Bob Perkins Tells The Story of Billy Strayhorn, Composer of "Take the 'A' Train"

Composer, arranger, and pianist Billy Strathorn is best known for his 30-year collaboration with Duke Ellington. His compositions include "Take the "A" Train," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Lush Life."

He stood five feet, two inches tall, and his musical colleagues dubbed him “Swee’ Pea,” after the little character in the Popeye cartoons. But Billy Strayhorn ranked with the giants that composed enduring standard popular music. He was also nobody’s cartoon character. The handle was a reverent tease, applied by Strayhorn’s musical associates in the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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2:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Bob Perkins’ Jazz Library: Memories of Saxophonist Hank Mobley

I don’t recall hearing much about Hank Mobley, until he recorded a certain record album in 1963. But, this was my fault for not listening closely enough to Philly’s all-jazz radio station that prevailed at the time. The station must have played Mobley often, because he was a hot jazz commodity about that time.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:18 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," Sonny Rollins says, "and getting that to the people is our job as musicians."
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 6:27 pm

When you consider that critics have been writing about him for over 60 years, it can seem as if there's nothing left to say about Sonny Rollins. But there is – because over the decades, the "Saxophone Colossus" has never stopped growing or adding to his sound.

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A Snapshot of Ella
6:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald: Some Stories about the Queen of Jazz on Her Birthday!

Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald (1917 to 1996)

WRTI's Susan Lewis takes a look at the life and music of the great jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, with commentary by Jazz Host Bob Perkins. April 25th is Ella's birthday! She would have turned 98 today.

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WRTI Spring Member Drive
5:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

You Listen to WRTI. It's the Simple Truth.

A faithful listener-member of WRTI.

How much do you listen to WRTI? Stop and think about it. Once a week? Twice a week? Three or more times a week? Whatever your answer, the simple truth is that you listen.

Right now, we're asking you to listen to this simple truth: WRTI relies on listeners who are willing to become members to keep this music service going for you and the entire community. Over 50% of our operating costs come from listener-members.

Creatively Speaking
9:03 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Beloved Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Ella Fitzgerald recorded more than 200 albums in her lifetime.

The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25th, 1917, and died in 1996; she would have turned 98 next week. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, "The Queen of Jazz" - also called "The First Lady of Song," left a lasting legacy on American song and jazz.

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Creatively Speaking
9:45 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

A Jam-Packed Jazz Celebration in Center City

This year's Center City Jazz Festival takes place at Chris' Jazz Cafe, Fergie's Pub, Milkboy Philadelphia, and TIME Restaurant.

The third annual Center City Jazz Festival is coming up on Saturday, April 19th  There are 16 bands performing in a six-hour period, in four venues in downtown Philadelphia. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.

The festival warms up on Friday, April 11th at Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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4:22 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

April Jazz Picks from ICON Magazine

Check out Jazz writer Nick Bewsey's CD suggestions for April.

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3:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:08 pm

Seventy-five years ago, on April 9, 1939, as Hitler's troops advanced in Europe and the Depression took its toll in the U.S., one of the most important musical events of the 20th century took place on the National Mall in Washington. There, just two performers, a singer and a pianist, made musical — and social — history.

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Creatively Speaking
8:22 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story

Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993)

Jazz vocalist, author, and playwright Suzanne Cloud spent about eight months researching Dizzy Gillespie’s life, and writing Last Call at the Downbeat: The Dizzy Gillespie Story. The production debuted in 2013 at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

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